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First 10k in 2 weeks time!! City of Manchester 10k

I'm doing the City of Manchester 10k on 12th July.

Training was going well, but I haven't run for a week (had to go away at last minute, long story). And the furthest I've run is 6.1km.

I'm going to go out on a run this morning & aim to do 5km.

will try & run 7.5km at some point in next 10days & hope that will see me through to the actual race.

If I have to walk some of the 10k it won't be the end of the world.

One of my friends who is an experienced runner suggested trying s gel pack as I estimate it taking me 80 mins to do 10k. Anyone tried a gel pack?

Anyone done City of Manchester 10k before? I know it starts at the Athletics track by the Etihad but know very little apart from that.

Not had any contact from organisers yet!


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Very best of luck Poodle m'dear. :) I've never tried a gel pack but, from what I've read, you should try one before race day -Twould be terrible if it upset your stomach, or worse still your bowel, and you only discovered it during the actual race! 😱

As for walking part of the way, well loads of people use the run/walk technique, so you'll be in great company. Have the best fun :)


Hi. Thanks AMum. Yes was thinking of giving one a try beforehand. :)

deffo think run/walk is the way to go.


I tried a gel and didn't notice much difference. You (and I) shouldn't need one for 10k, but it won't do any harm so long as you try one or two beforehand.


Yes, I was surprised when my friend suggested a gel pack. I think it was because it would take me over an hour to do the 10k. Probably an hour 20/30 mins.

I don't really like the idea of eating gel lol.

Might give it a miss!!!

Thank you :)


Morning Charlotte :-)

The longest I had ran before my GMR was around 6.5k, I had been training but then had to stop and start due to my wonky hip. I really wouldnt worry to be honest, you will get round I am sure .

Hmm dont know about gels, I think they are more suited to maybe HMs or Marathons, but what I would recommend is some water to tide you over to the first water station. I didnt take any for mine as I thought I would be okay as the first water station was at 5K. Big mistake ! It was a very muggy day and my mouth was so dry , I felt as if I was choking . Lesson learnt !

Also, I would take some jelly babies or Fruit pastilles in a little bag . I shoved the bag in my bra ha ha :-) They did come in very handy though and they were even giving them out in a little bag on the course at around 8k, so I stocked up .

Have you checked the course on the organisers website ?

Good Luck , you will be fine and I am sure you will really enjoy it . Dont worry about your time , I think it took me about an hour and twenty minutes or so, taking part and completing it is the main thing xxxx


Hi Chrissy,

Thanks for your advice. I'm going to Sports Direct later to get a water bottle. The tip about jelly babies/fruit pastilles is great - thanks so much!! I shall defo take some :)

I jogged 8k this morning. Went mega slow. Took me 1h 16mins. I didn't want to push it cos of the heat & not having any water with me. Feeling more confident about the 10k now as I've managed 8k & I actually felt like I had more in me!

Not going to aim to do it in a particular time. Just want to get around in one piece lol!!

Took a look at the course & it looks ok. Hopefully just undulating & road & athletics track.

Phoned up the organisers & they're sending out race packs today!!!!!



Oh thats good news , Charlotte ! Its all getting very exciting now isnt it ?

Its perfectly normal to feel nervous, but once you get this one under your belt , you will be raring to go for the next one :-)

Says me the seasoned pro , after doing one ha ha :-)

You will be fine , what time are you starting ? Mine in Leeds is off at half nine I think.

Im going to the Etihad tonight to do the Manchester Mile, should be a laugh, plus I get a T Shirt so I am happy with that :-) xxxx


Hope the Manchester Mile went well?

Went to Sports Direct & bought a bum bag that has a water bottle compartment/carrier, so when I go on my next run I'll try it out!

My race starts at 9.30 also. The website says get there before 9.00am so I'll get there for 8.30/8.45.

I hope there's plenty of loos. Eek!!

Really looking forward to it & I'll be able to put my jelly babies in my new bum bag!!!

I think we get a medal for completing the race! Yay for bling!!!


It was fab Charlotte, thanks ! Ive just put a post up :-)

I got my little bum bag from SD , I love it .

Glad you are all kitted out, you will love it, Im sure . Cant wait to read your post. If I hadnt put myself down for the Leeds one I wouldve liked to do the Manchester one. Theres always next year though :-)

Oh its getting exciting now isnt it :-) xxx


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